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Did you know Birmingham was almost named Muddtown?

Did you know?

  • Names suggested for Birmingham, Alabama were Powellton after Colonel Powell of Elyton Land Company, Milnerville, or Morrisville afterh Josiah Morris or Muddtown after Judge Mudd. Birmingham was decided on because Birmingham, England was the seat of iron manufacture in England and that is what everyone hoped Birmingham would become.Birmingham, Alabama Skyline


  • December 14 was once celebrated in schools, clubs and patriotic societies as Alabama Day? This day commemorates the day on which Alabama was formerly admitted to the Union. Iidy King (Mrs. William B. Sorsby ) of Birmingham first suggested the annual celebration in Selma May 1898 at a meeting of the Federation of Women’s Club. The first celebration took place December 14, 1899 in the Birmingham Woman’s Club. June 18, 1903, the day was adopted by the Alabama Educational Association.
  • Anniston, Alabama was once called “Brooklyn of the South” and “City of Churches”
  • In 1908, May 4, was formally as Bird Day in Alabama. It was instituted by John H. Wallace Jr.., the State Game and Fish Commissioner. May 4 was selected because it was the birthday of John James Audubon.



ALABAMA FOOTPRINTS Exploration: Lost & Forgotten Stories (Volume 1)is a collection of lost and forgotten stories about the people who discovered and initially settled in Alabama.

Some stories include:

  • The true story of the first Mardi Gras in America and where it took place
  • The Mississippi Bubble Burst – how it affected the settlers
  • Did you know that many people devoted to the Crown settled in Alabama –
  • Sophia McGillivray- what she did when she was nine months pregnant
  • Alabama had its first Interstate in the early days of settlement


About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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  1. Laura Windham

    Doesn’t quite have the same ring.

  2. […] Judge Mudd died September 2, 1884, in Birmingham, and is buried in the Elyton cemetery, Jefferson County, Alabama. Birmingham was almost named Muddtown after Judge Mudd. […]

  3. […] after the settlement of Jones Valley a trace leading from Old Town to Mudd Town, on the Cahaba River, now owned by Rev. John Caldwell, (ca. 1887) and crossing the Shades Mountain, […]

  4. Michael Stallings

    my mom always use to tell me she thought the old baseball tell “casey at bat’ was set in Birmingham.because the ham was once called muddtown…

  5. The photograph of downtown is mirror image and needs to be flipped.

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